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Currently I'm running 2x 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F1 in RAID1.

Unfortunately, I'm becoming a bit strapped for space, thanks to an obscenely large collection of CD's and DVD's littering my hard drive.

I'm wanting to upgrade, but I can't find any Samsung models that do 6.0 Gb/s, only WD and Seagate (Trying to stay away from Seagate, I've had quite a few die on me.)

Is 6.0 Gb/s a huge, noticeable change? (Particularly for gaming)

Recommendations?

Thinking about going either to 2x 2TB or 2 x 3TB in RAID1
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post #2 of 33
6.0 GB/s (SATA3) on mechanical drives are pointless, they cannot saturate that amount of data. There is no difference

Only SSDs will show difference on 6 GB/s, 1 good SSD will outperform your RAID1
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post #3 of 33
If they're still conventional HDDs, which they must be at those sizes, then you won't come close to saturating a SATA II (3Gb/s) interface, so there will be absolutely no benefit from going with 6Gb/s.

edit .. ninja'ed tongue.gif but yeah, that ^

Are you using FLAC for your CD rips?
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3gb is fine unless you are going the ssd route. I say you get a nice ssd and have 2 non raid HDD
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7200RPM HDDs only hit something like 190MB/s so the 550MB/s bandwidth of SATA 6Gb/s is not needed.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DuckieHo;15176457 
7200RPM HDDs only hit something like 190MB/s so the 550MB/s bandwidth of SATA 6Gb/s is not needed.

If even that much...
    
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There is no difference in performance with any mechanical drives.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mygaffer;15176513 
There is no difference in performance with any mechanical drives.

IDK about that....
    
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post #9 of 33
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Quote:
Originally Posted by omega17;15176407 
If they're still conventional HDDs, which they must be at those sizes, then you won't come close to saturating a SATA II (3Gb/s) interface, so there will be absolutely no benefit from going with 6Gb/s.

edit .. ninja'ed tongue.gif but yeah, that ^

Are you using FLAC for your CD rips?

Indeed - using FLAC (About 1k Albums between my parents, brothers, and myself, and about 200 DVD's between the 5 of us.)


Thanks for the input from all - good to know. I'm not ready to drop the money on a SSD (Mostly because I don't think I'll see a performance increase on my system with regards to Windows 7, and any SSD large enough to hold all of my high end games would cost a king's ransom.
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post #10 of 33
6GB/s is useful only for SSDs which take advantage of higher bandwidth. Mechanical drives don't see a lot of difference. You can get a 6GB/s drive if it's a better deal but I'd put it on a 3GB/s controller because there is no difference between 3GBs and 6GBs.
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